Owen Matthews

Europe

Sanctions don’t work against Putin and his allies

‘If you want to punish Lukashenko, give every young Belarusian a plane ticket and a Schengen visa’

By Owen Matthews

Russia

Putin and Biden need one another

The American and Russian presidents have been taking potshots at each other for at least a decade

By Owen Matthews

Russia

The truth about Russia’s hidden COVID deaths

Russia’s health service is infamously underfunded, but many of its doctors remain world-class

By Owen Matthews

Russia

Can Navalny the martyr weaken Putin?

In principle, Navalny is not wrong: people power can and has worked in Russia

By Owen Matthews

Russia

Navalny and Putin: the next chapter

The botched assassination attempt was a personal humiliation for Putin

By Owen Matthews

Europe

Putin plans to make the West destroy itself

Chaos and division is the real goal for Russia

By Owen Matthews

Russia

Vladimir Putin’s history fetish

The Russian leader has published an extraordinary essay about the Soviet role in World War Two

By Owen Matthews

Books

Vlad the Derailer

Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Turned on the West by Catherine Belton reviewed

By Owen Matthews

China

Putin needs Xi more than China needs Russia

A special relationship

By Owen Matthews

Russia

Can Putin survive the coronavirus stress test?

His regime is facing its greatest challenge yet

By Owen Matthews

Books

The King of Christmas: a short story by Owen Matthews

Dinner is as close to a feast as the fast of Christmastide will allow

By Owen Matthews

Europe

In Ukraine’s presidential elections, life is imitating Netflix

Can Volodymyr Zelensky go from comedy star to the leader of Ukraine?

By Owen Matthews

Europe

Does Putin intend to go to war with Ukraine?

He may have underestimated Petro Poroshenko’s stomach for a fight

By Owen Matthews

Russia

How Bellingcat outfoxes the world’s spy agencies

The inside story of how it got the Skripal scoop

By Owen Matthews

Books

The magnificent Atkinsons: rigours of travel in 19th-century Russia

Mosquitoes and lice plague them all summer, bitter cold and storms all winter, and they face the constant risk of violence and sudden death.

By Owen Matthews

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